Me and My Shadow – Whispering Jack Smith (1927)

Jack Smith (31 May 1898, The Bronx, New York City – 13 May 1950, New York City) was known as “Whispering” Jack Smith and was a popular baritone singer in the 1920s and 1930s who made a brief come-back in the late 1940s. He was a popular radio and recording artist who occasionally appeared in films.

He began his professional career in 1915, when he sang with a quartet at a theater in the Bronx. After service in World War I, he got a job in 1918 as a “song plugger” for the Irving Berlin Music Publishing Company. He was a pianist at a radio station when he got his singing break substituting for a singer who failed to show up. Smith was exclusively on the radio, but beginning in 1925, he began making records. He also started performing on-stage on the vaudeville circuit. In 1927, Jack Smith was touring England, performing with the Blue Skies Theater Company singing tunes such as “Manhattan” by Rogers and Hart and songs by Gershwin, when he was suddenly replaced by a new all girl singing trio, the Hamilton Sisters & Fordyce. Smith returned to New York and eventually went to work for NBC Radio.

ME AND MY SHADOW
(Al Jolson / Dave Dreyer / Billy Rose)

Lyrics:

Shades of night are falling and I’m lonely
Standing on the corner feeling blue
Sweethearts out for fun
Pass me by one by one
Guess I’ll wind up like I always do
With only….

Me and my shadow
Strolling down the avenue
Oh, me and my shadow
Not a soul to tell our troubles to
And when it’s twelve o’clock we climb the stairs
We never knock ’cause nobody’s there
Just me and my shadow
All alone and feeling blue

When the sun sets on the far horizon,
And the parlour lamps begin to glow
Jim and Jack and John
Put their slippers on.
They’re all set but we’re still on the go
So lonely….

Me and my shadow
Strolling down the avenue
Oh, me and my shadow
Not a soul to tell our troubles to
And when it’s twelve o’clock we climb the stairs
We never knock ’cause nobody’s there
Just me and my shadow
All alone and feeling blue

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2 thoughts on “Me and My Shadow – Whispering Jack Smith (1927)

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    Gein, kunst, een project, wie weet dat soort dingen.

    Dat soort uitlatingen.

    Eigenlijk is het een schaduwproject.
    Voor in het donker.

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